MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Currently, hygiene products are some of the items most needed by those devastated by Florence, and multiple drives are planned in Montgomery County to help them get back on their feet.
Normally, Nicole Adkins can be seen feeding the Miami Valley three times a week at With God’s Grace food pantry, but she is partnering with Ohio Senior Resources and taking that generosity to the East Coast.
“We just really want to be able to make a difference in the community and let them know that from Dayton, Ohio, that we all love them and we’re all here for them,” said Adkins.
Organizers of this drive say there are reports of more than 200,000 families still without power, so it is up to organizations and volunteers to partner together and help our neighbors in the Carolinas.
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22-23, volunteers with Ohio Senior Resources and With God’s Grace will be in the back parking lot of Company 7 BBQ, at 1001 S Main St, Englewood, Ohio 45322 from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. to collect toiletries and essential items for Hurricane Relief in North Carolina.
In a release, they said the items needed are canned meals, paper products, diapers, baby items, hygiene products, single serving snacks, peanut butter, cleaning supplies and disinfectant wipes.
The trailer of donated items will head out Monday morning to the victims of Florence.
“The needs are everything from emergency water to paper products, anything that can help people,” said volunteer, Mike Foley.
Adkins added they have learned from past hurricanes baby items are some of the most needed as well.
“Baby diapers, any kind of baby supplies, even baby bottles, because a lot of people don’t realize when the kids are there, they’re there without baby bottles and baby formula,” said Adkins.
Another drive happening Sept. 22-23 is at Concordia Lutheran Church on Peach Orchard Dr. in Oakwood.
Items will be accepted there on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and Sunday from 8-11 a.m.
The church is partnering with Matthew 25 Ministries, as this church will serve as the Dayton area drop off, then will be forwarded to the Cincinnati group for distribution.